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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> hello current tv fans. this is chris lavoie, stephanie is not here today. she has food poisoning. >> i'm not going to say that travis and i did anything but we did scheme and plot and then we were at her house saturday night and now i'm in the big chair. so i'm just going to let you put the pieces together.
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>> travis did say you guys would slip a pill in her chardonnay and something would happen. >> look at what happened. >> so we've got john fuglesang holding down the fort in new york. we've got mooks here in burbank. we've got a full show today. hello, jim you walked in. >> hello. >> give him a minute to get organized. never mind the live radio tv thing happening. >> jim is joining you for the show? >> how gallant? >> we had headphones in the studio. >> look at that. somebody else's fault. >> but we got rude pundit coming up this hour and right now we've got news with jacki schechner. >> i do it all. look at that. good morning everybody. president obama, vice president biden meeting today with law enforcement officials from three communities rocked by gun violence. new tossen police chief michael kehoe along with his counter parts from aurora, colorado and oak creek wisconsin where a gunman killed six people and wounded four others at a sikh temple in august. u.s. attorney general eric holder and homeland security
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secretary janet napolitano will be sitting in as they have in many of the meetings that vice president biden had been holding along the way. also representatives from the major city's chiefs and major sheriff's associations. s the conversations continue as congress gets ready to start weighing the white house's recommendations for gun control measures and members of both chambers have introduced legislation to ban assault weapons and put limitations on high-capacity magazines. also, the senate judiciary committee is set to hold its first hearings on the measures on wednesday. president obama also welcoming the miami heat to the white house today to congratulate them on their 2012 nba championship. had to give a little plug for the home team there. and if why haven't we done this already news, the senate's going to vote to approve more than $50 billion in aid to victims of super storm sandy. tens of thousands of families still displaced or lack the proper heat to deal with the cold. you may remember the senate did approve the full $60 billion relief package back in december but then the house took recess
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and did nothing. house speaker john boehner called a vote under pressure. once congress reconvened the first week in january first they approved the $9 billion then the additional $50 billion two weeks later. the vote in the senate is on the remaining plus $50 billion. we're back after the break. stay with us. armed with the facts, and the arguments to feel confident in their positions. i want them to have the data and i want them to have the passion. but it's also about telling them, you're put on this planet for something more. i want this show to have an impact beyond just informing. an impact that gets people to take action themselves. as a human being, that's really important. this is not just a spectator sport. what we need are people prepared for the careers of our new economy.
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week stephi brings truth and wisdom and facts to all of the good little sexy liberals. even stephi can get stuck with a bug. you're stuck with me today. greetings, this is john fuglesang filling in for "the stephanie miller show" all three hours and taking your calls on everything at 1-800-steph-12. i'm calling you from new york, however the hereoic steph crew remains intact in the burbank megaplex. give it up for jacki schechner chris lavoie and the ever punctual jim ward. >> thank you for doing this last minute. >> john: i barely got to talk to you guys last week. i'll overcompensate today. >> it was great to see you in d.c. >> john: i had a great time. it was great to get you guys on stage. at the sexy liberal show, we finally did our first show in d.c. i think we're schedule to do about seven more in d.c. before the end of the year. [ laughter ] >> john: we were gifted by
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having the triumphant -- you can see it still on current. you guys really were a riot. >> we got to do a skit. jim wrote a skit for us. >> john: you want to share with the class what your skit was? >> oh, it was a takeoff on the commercials where the guy says you, too for the cost of a cup of coffee can help this poor child. >> instead of giving them a sandwich or medicine or water hitting us up for money. >> could you just lean over and help the crew? you and your crew filming the commercial? >> put your camera down and help them! it was to buy tom brokaw an l. trying to help the republicans get over their crushing defeat. a good time was had by all. >> john: we want to help them
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get over they're crushing defeat especially since paul ryan thinks his plan was political conquest. now, he's just going to flatten you. now we're going to undo 30 years of reagan's agenda. >> i'm a serious guy. premium support. [ laughter ] >> john: he brought a chart. i loved it. that's a way to win the tea party back after voting for taxes on the wealthy. bring a chart. that worked for ross perot. >> here's the deal see! >> john: we're lucky because john mccain made a rare sunday morning talk show appearance. for those of you who don't know, john mccain has in his house he sleeps in the attic and he has a pole to slide down and a red phone in case a sunday morning show calls. [ laughter ] >> john: so every week, the pole gets a ride. he's there. we'll be playing some clips from him. today, we have to have a bit of a funeral for sarah palin on fox news. >> i don't know. i would love to think that we've seen the last of her but i don't
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think so. >> john: i don't think so either. >> i don't think so. >> we have speculation coming out she may pop up on another network. >> john: her people are calling mr. zucker all weekend. >> she did make a comment on her interview with breitbart where she said we shouldn't just be preaching to the choir. conservatives need to reach out. which is funny because she did it on breitbart. she's setting herself up to reach out to a larger audience without getting chastised for it. >> john: i do think you're right. but also you know, when someone burns their bridges at knocks they have to -- at fox they have to make nice. when newt went on the air and slammed -- when newt gingrich, fox news paid contributor took a leave of absence. when newt went on the 700 debates and slammed fox news, someone doesn't want his locker back at amp roger ailes -- at
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camp roger ailes. >> $10 says that sarah doesn't land at current. >> john: or al jazeera. we should give sarah palin some credit because it is not easy to raise the i.q. of fox by 50 points in one day. we'll miss her. we'll really, really miss her because she's given us so much. >> from a comreadic perspective. -- from a comedic perspective. >> john: i think if she had run for president, she could have kept her brand going, she would have at least got an chance to go out there and circulate her talking points. she would have done what everyone who ran for president on the g.o.p. side except perry and ryan did which is line up more public speaking gigs. that's the only reason anyone runs for president on the g.o.p. side. she would be culturally relevant. the only people who know she exist are people who watch hannity every night which is a
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median age of 72. >> you're right. rocky point has put together a tribute to sarah palin. >> john: you don't say. let's take a listen. ♪ she had wild mooses ♪ ♪ shot at by the scores ♪ ♪ all from the inside of a helicopter door ♪ ♪ ooh, what a hockey mom she was ♪ [ laughter ] ♪ ooh, what a hockey mom she was ♪ >> a whole chorus behind them. ♪ white folks were hoping that
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she would run ♪ ♪ they know that obama was taking away all their guns ♪ >> john: that's not actually true. ♪ ooh, what a hockey mom she was ♪ >> beautiful. ♪ ooh, what a hockey mom, she was ♪ [ laughter ] >> all right. rocky mountain mike. [ applause ] >> john: rocky mountain mike, check out the big brain on that man! >> i got to meet him in person for the first time in d.c. >> he was at the sexy liberal. >> john: terrific guy. best thing about stephanie's show is all of the really talented people that you guys exploit for their talents. i had the pleasure of meeting one of his collaborators this weekend, audra. the woman who did the vocals for the old finger, the jan brewer
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parody bone finger. >> same thing. >> john: his brilliant parody of jan brewer to goldfinger. she does a mean shirley bassey. i got to meet her at the ball in minneapolis. this is the kind of event that more progressive radio stations and just you know, sane people in general should put on. you know what the blue state ball is, right? >> it is something that ktnf in minneapolis puts on every year. >> john: a.m. 950. most spectacular progressive talk station along with everyone that carries "the stephanie miller show". >> robert is the fine general manager. >> john: they do this big event. i went and played there last year. they asked me to headline it and stand up. ed she did -- ed schultz opened. the governor of minnesota was there. >> wow. >> john: congressman keith ellison was there.
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last year, bill press was there. stephanie has played there before, too. it was an honor to meet the cool, sexy liberals in minnesota. they're demanding more shows stephanie. really a great time to tell filibuster jokes. >> sounds like a great time was had by all. >> john: the one thing conservatives have realized that liberals haven't they're together. they're really, really all set. they have their community. and progressives, we're too busy fighting over who's got the best gun control policy. >> or not. shut up! >> john: it is always a pleasure to do events when liberals get their act together. it was so great to be in a roomful of people doing the lord's work. sort of like this one. i have to ask you guys, who watched the joint interview last night with barack obama and secretary hillary clinton? >> i dvred it then i watched some of it this morning. >> john: what? do you guys have lives?
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>> we get up at stupid o'clock. >> beauty resting doesn't happen without the rest part. >> john: fortunately i'm not on camera. halfway through, did you feel like omg they totally did it. it was the most kissy face lovefest i've ever seen. i don't understand why they actually did this. it was fascinating. they were both articulate and lovely. hillary spoke can -- candidly about her disappointment in losing the campaign. >> i think it was so that president obama could endorse hillary to run for president in 2016. >> it is sad because joe biden is the loser. he's been a real partner and so effective. if he comes out and endorses hillary now -- and then the next four years where does that put biden? >> john: i don't think joe biden will run. he will be 74 at the time. i think that the president would have the good taste to not endorse either one of them -- >> fair enough. >> john: let's not forget.
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in 1988 when reagan was president and george h.w. bush was running and so was pat robertson. president reagan didn't endoargs his own -- didn't endorse his own vice president until robertson dropped out of the race. i don't think joe biden is going to run. >> you don't think so? >> i don't think so. >> john: i would like him to. >> he will be 74. >> he will do whatever he wants. >> i think he will be a wonderful statesman like jimmy carter was. >> john: he will be very useful. he'll do public speaking. he will do whatever he wants. he's such a powerful advocate for progressive causes. to be honest, it is gate everyone is putting a laurel wreath around hillary's head. i think dennis kucinich kept a lot of the democrats honest when they were running in 2008 and 2004. and i wouldn't be broken hearted if elizabeth warren ran against
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hillary. i think if the democrats give it to her then that's going to be really kind of a drag and disappointing. i help to is a bit more interesting. >> yep, i do too. all right. it is time to take a break. so let's do that now. >> john: when we come back, i with a tonight play sound bytes from this thing last night. parts of it, it reminded me of okay katie, thank you for your five year contract. here's your check. plus, the new immigration deal, the filibuster and hybrid car that runs on air. good god. it's "the stephanie miller show." >> announcer: fresh republican outrage. you keep listening she'll make more. it's "the stephanie miller show."
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i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us.
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♪ come on baby and rescue me ♪ ♪ because i need you by my side ♪ ♪ can't you see that i'm lonely ♪ >> stephanie miller. >> john: this is "the stephanie miller show." i'm john fuglesang filling in for stephanie because she be illen. yes, i went all the way back to run dmc for that. >> you know what? i have my adidas on. >> john: wow. >> we're getting way too retro. >> john: that was the dawn of materialism and hip-hop when run dmc did my adidas. we're taking your calls all morning at 1-800-steph-12. of course the great jacki schechner and chris lavoie. you did just flash your adidas.
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>> john: let me explain what's going on here. stephanie is out. i'm in new york filling in from the boo radley studio. so jacki chris and jim are in l.a. i still have current tv on directv here in the studio so i'm watching all of you all and you can't see me because i look like the crypt keeper. >> i was saying before we started because john fuglesang's looks are his real liability. >> i haven't slept in six months. i have this horrible baby i live with. they're horrible people. i gotta say. babies, they're terrible americans. they really, really are. >> so selfish. >> smack you and punch you and poke you and crap on you and they will exploit you and take advantage -- and you forgive them -- babies are chris brown is what i'm trying to say. >> chris brown is in trouble overnight. >> another chris brown deb be
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acle. >> he jumped frank ocean. >> not to be confused with jumping the shark. >> he jumped frank ocean in a recording studio parking lot here in hollywood. >> john: frank ocean is not a girl. he could kick chris brown's butt. apparently he parked in chris brown's parking space. >> is that what they're calling it now? [ laughter ] >> john: wow i thought after drake, chris brown learned not to get in fights with boys anymore. i can't wait until chris brown gets out of prison and writes his tell-all book. i get a lot of crap on twitter for the chris brown jokes. this guy has no humility. he choke and beat up a woman. he still deserves to be passed around the cellblock like a blunt at the source awards. we had a republican on the line. i want to go to keith in texas who is calling about -- i think immigration is going to be the big story of the week. keith is calling in to think% been what might be the story that affects our lives the most.
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good morning. you're on "the stephanie miller show." >> thank you john. this is a coast-to-coast thing. >> we're bicoastal. >> caller: yes, how about that. i'm off the subject but i understand back when i was in high school, gerrymandering was a dirty word. it was illegal. johnson thought hey neat idea! so that we can have minority representation let's make gerrymandering legal and the '65 voter's rights act. guess who's kicking us in the teeth with it now. >> john: i see. you're saying that lyndon johnson started this to help minorities and now it is being used to hurt minorities at the ballot box. >> i think you're on to something, keith. >> caller: we gotta be careful what we put into laws because republicans know how to kick with us the teeth -- to kick us in the teeth with it. >> john: wow.
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lbj, many people say he was the last great liberal. but i guess -- as long as we blame him for stuff that's great. i don't know what to say. were you appalled by what happened in virginia last week? >> yes absolutely. they did it while the president was being inaugurated. it was the only time that they could have a 20-19 vote. >> john: exactly. they did it because of a civil rights veteran in the virginia legislature who went to d.c. anyone in the media address this? even when the republican governor of the state said it was wrong, how were they able to do this on martin luther king day? itit was a holiday. weren't they closed? >> there hasn't been any conversation about how procedurally they were able to get that done. >> john: many think it wasn't legal. it will be challenged in the courts. it might be because virginia doesn't take dr. king's birthday holiday seriously. i don't know if you know this but i spent a lot of time there. my mom's from virginia. i have a lot of family there. >> i'm from virginia.
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>> you know it's not martin luther king. it is jackson -- they honor two confederate generals and this other fella. >> wow. cognitive dissidence. >> some republicans are backing away from it. >> and legislation hasn't passed on holidays before. there is no law saying you can't pass legislation on holidays. >> john: it is shady. to me, it seems like -- >> it is totally shady. >> john: but on a federal holiday they're able to do that? i'm slow on these things but it was really, really disgusting. i don't think it is going to hold up in court. this is the problem facing our republican friends. we had a republican on hold who i understand dropped. i'm sorry he did because i think the thing is they're not winning elections. when they're not winning elections, what are they going to do? they're either going to try to reach out to voters by having more progressive policies or they're going to try to cheat. it looks like they're going hard for the cheating.
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bobby jindal, of course, we'll be talking to rude pundit in a minute. he went before the rnc last week. had a blunt message for his fellow conservatives. he said we have to stop being the stupid party. >> good for him. >> john: we've had enough of that. you're right jacki. however, is bobby jindal the messenger for that? because he said we have the offensive and bizarre comments. he's talking about mourdock and akin. the guys opposed to abortion even in case of rape and incest. guess where jindal stands? he's saying it is okay to have the views, just don't say them out loud. >> which doesn't serve the republican party very well. >> john: it doesn't. bobby jindal calling the rest of them stupid. he once wrote in the objection fert review about how he participated in a friend's exorcism. he was opposed to t.a.r.p. and took payments anyway. >> i didn't say he was
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hypocritical. i said good for him for calling them stupid. >> john: we'll be talking about it with rude pundit when we come back. it's "the stephanie miller show." very, very excited about that and very proud of that. >>beltway politics from inside the loop. >>we tackle the big issues here in our nation's capital, around the country and around the globe. >>dc columnist and four time emmy winner bill press opens current's morning news block. >>we'll do our best to carry the flag from 6 to 9 every morning. >>liberal and proud of it.
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desmond tutu said a quote that is one of my favorite quotes. "we are tied together in a web of humanity. i am a person only through you. i can only be a person only through you." that really resonates me and drives my work. the world is becoming an incredibly connected place. mobile phones are really driving that connection. at kiva, we run an internet marketplace.
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people can lend to other people for the purpose of starting a or a variety of other good causes. you can go to and you can see pictures and profiles of people from over sixty countries all across the world. you can lend them as little as $25. if they are successful, they will pay you back. dear rixi, you're a honduran immagrant. you're coming to the us, you have an idea to start, you know, a women's cosmetics store or a clothing store. you're going to need a lot of things, ya know, to pay the rent, permits inventory, advertising, marketing so that adds up quite a bit. you're going to need tens of thousands of dollars to start a small busines. there is ten million-plus people completely left out of the formal finical system. banks don't lend to people like that at all. there is a lot of opportunity to decrease unemployment, provide
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employment, provide economic opportunity and raise our standard of living by investing in small business. our hearts are an incredibly powerful thing. good technology can help amplify this power and create an incredibly powerful force that can spread to every country in the world. >> sorry if i seem forward but i had to give that -- >> stephanie miller -- >> a test drive and let me say wow! >> john: this is "the stephanie miller show." i'm john fuglesang. filling in for steph who is tragically not feeling well today but i'm happy to be here with you. >> we think she had some day-old ucci or something. -- day-old sushi.
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>> travis and i were there saturday night. we're claiming innocence. as far as you know. i ended up in the big chair by accident. that's my story and i'm stickin' to it. >> john: i hope steph feels better. i'm glad she's getting some rest. i told you this last week but the show we did in d.c., i was sitting in the audience for her set because i was helping the audio guy run cues. i have never seen her give a better set. she was so funny. when she brought that man up out of the audience and held him in her arms for three minutes, it was disturbing. i'm still sore from laughing. [ laughter ] steph is legally married to this guy in guam after the show the other night. >> i think you're right. >> one of the reasons why i guess i'm most happy to be here, i'm grateful to be around the smart people like jacki and chris. >> john: for the occasional brilliant guest you coerced into calling in. who would it be this morning?
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♪ rude pundit ♪ ♪ ooh pa, pa, pa, ooh ♪ >> good morning, rude. >> john: how is it going lee? >> hello surprise john. [ laughter ] >> john: well, stephanie -- >> you're some guy who jumped out of the alley. >> john: i am named after a guy who pays call girls, that's true. but lee, i want to let you know stephanie's not here. she's distraught she won't be able to see sarah palin shucking and jiving on fox news anymore. >> it sort of cuts down on the number of stomach pills that i have to take. [ laughter ] >> the number of bromides. >> the number of new screens i have to get from throwing things at it. >> john: where will sean hannity insert his nose? >> i love how optimistic you are about what he's inserting.
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>> john: just his nose, trust me. you know, lee, sarah palin spent more time as a fox news part-time contributor than she did as full time governor of alaska. >> wow. apparently just as effective. >> john: she did quit this job. it seems like roger ailes gave her the out by offering her to quit offering her half of her salary. at least she got to say i quit and she wasn't fired. >> he let her walk out of there with whatever she considers dignity. [ laughter ] i just love that it was probably -- oh you know what? we'll pay you minimum wage and i don't know, you can go hit up the snack bar. [ laughter ] >> john: we were talking before the break lee, in your wonderful book, the rude pundit almanac, you talked about her as a potential 2012 presidential candidate. she didn't run. it was a horrible blow to comedians everywhere. i bet today rude, she's wishing she had.
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she would have expanded her brand in a way that fox news and a canceled reality show never could have done it. >> that's what i said in the book. if she wants to keep the sarah palin brand or sarah-co going she's got to run for president because otherwise who cares? she wasn't on the national stage long enough and frankly, with you know fox's dying audience, all of the shut-ins and elderly that are watching them, that of course she was going to fade. >> john: i think you're right. >> right now she is essentially a facebook celebrity. >> john: even "the new york times" rather pointedly mentioned even though she left fox, she was still sending out messages on facebook. >> basically she's the tela tequila of punditry. >> right now she's an inarticulate tree falling in the forest.
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[ laughter ] >> john: what do you think she can contribute rude? we're not going to ever see her run for national office again? >> no. we're never really going to see her anymore. she is going to be a fringe leader. the sad part is it will be increasingly dwindling and i think at some point we'll see her on "dancing with the stars." >> john: i think you're right. when she -- i used to joke she will be the first major party ticket candidate to one day host a cosmetics infomercial but now i think she's one step closer. as her fan base dwindles, do you think, rude, it will become ever more right wing? for her to stay relevant, she'll have to go more and more to the right to have a very loud minority following her? >> i think so. she had inklings of that. the way she threw around the word "socialist," she was trying to appeal to a far right group of people that are just simply waiting for her dog whistle. >> john: i think you're right. it is sad because she could have
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offered something. she wasn't the worst governor alaska ever had. she did raise taxes and regulate the oil companies. i think she could have been interesting if she decided to be. it looks like she wanted to be a celebrity. >> that's the thing. that was the calculation and even accepting the v.p. spot with mccain was okay, what is this going to do for sarah. it wasn't what is this going to do for the country or alaska. it made alaska into something of a laughingstock for electing her when, you're right she actually -- i threw out there she wasn't an effective governor. she wasn't a good governor but she actually did do some things like you said, she did raise taxes which is something that everybody always forgot about when she was running and talking about you know, the taxes being too high. >> so she's the thinking man's michele bachmann. >> oh, wow! that's painful. >> that made my brain hurt. >> that creates some kind of vortex in space and time.
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>> john: i think we've given her more time than she deserves. i will tell everyone that to read rude's book. he has hilarious commentary on her. the ten nastiest thing sarah palin said in her three years on fox. calling for a chick-fil-a boycott has a chilling effect on our first amendment rights. the stuff she says -- >> those are our first amendment rights. >> john: exactly. stimulus didn't stimulate anything. everything she's been wrong about on fox news. >> speak of people being wrong i was in pennsylvania last week. i drove through and i saw a sign that said "if you're gonna vote for a socialist get out of my damn country." i thought you don't understand what voting is about, do you? >> john: if you don't like socialism, you don't ever say anything nice about your libraries, roads streetlights or army. >> right. >> john: i want to move closer to home and talk about great column you wrote rude.
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something that kind of shocked me in the great state of tennessee with the courthouse. i thought they couldn't really top fighting the ten commandment ins courthouses. having a place you put up thou shalt not kill is pretty funny. in cookeville, tennessee? >> in cookeville, tennessee they decided that a pastor there, a southern baptist pastor decided that what was missing from the putnam county courthouse were the words "in god we trust." okay, fine. it is on the money. it is essentially the model of the united states. because eisenhower got that passed in 1956. >> john: it is not the conservative point of view. the conservative point of view would be a separation of church and state as the founders intended. 18th century point of view is putting in god we trust in everything. >> they raised money to put "in
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god we trust" in two foot tall gold letters, not just on the front of the courthouse but on all four sides above every entrance. so that no matter where you walk into the courthouse, you see "in god we trust." >> that's very donald trump of them. >> i just want to know what's wrong with god's ego? that he just needs to know that -- >> the sign's not big enough! >> john: again, it's not about god. this isn't about christianity either. it is about christian supremacy. putting the word god in giant gold letters is not about your devotion in faith. jesus lines out in matthew 6:5 you're supposed to pray in private and be humble about it. we're christian folk and if you're not bug err off. -- bugger off. >> it is not that far from mur frees boro, tennessee where there was a bit of an uproar over a mosque being built a year
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or two ago. and -- but the people of a town nearby algood, tennessee thought that it looked so good that now they want to put it on their city hall. >> john: really? >> oh, yeah. this is not to mention in cookeville which i actually have friends there that brought this to my attention -- when you drive to cookeville, there is a giant cross that is right next to the highway. not on a church or anything like that. somebody funded -- let's put a giant cross so that when you come into cookeville, you see it. and it is lit up every night. and this is -- this is not to mention that when you just a little east of cookeville, the giant confederate flag right next to the highway. >> oh really? >> oh, yeah. line on the property. huge confederate flag. you can see it forever. >> john: nothing says christianity or patriotism like quitting america because you want to keep other human beings
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as livestock and pets. i mean really. flying the flag of an enemy nation is the best way to show how patriotic you are. >> that would be great. if you put the rising sun next to it, you know. let's put it all up there. >> john: rude, shifting gears. i want to get your thoughts on the benghazi hearings last week. i know you've written about it. for me, watching it, it was like watching the benghazi hearings and how the right wing media covered secretary clinton afterwards. it was like come for the hypocrisy, stay for the misogyny. for rand paul and these guys being complete hypocrites compared to how bush reacted after a terrorist attack and how they're reacting now to see sean hannity saying hillary unglued. this cover of the "new york post" implying she drives bill clinton into other women's arms. the sexism was insane. out how you feel -- how did you feel about watching it? >> at least they weren't talking about her bangs.
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[ laughter ] but no, i felt the same way. i thought wow especially when she had that moment of getting angry and upset i thought they're just going to turn that into my god isn't she so pitchy and of course, we don't want a woman to behave like this. whereas, you know, and then they accused her of being disingenuous when she was giving her opening statement she choked up, talking about the families of the people who had died. so what do you want? what does she have to do to demonstrate she has real emotions that matter? that don't matter in relations to how they make the men feel, how they matter as a human being. and also, in response to what was a kind of -- you know, for lack of a better word, the bullying questions you know, that they kept asking the same thing even though that she
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simply didn't have an answer or that it was just crap they were making up like rand paul with the turkey thing. turkey? what the hell are you talking about? >> john: in fairness to the secretary, she can handle tough questions. it would have been nice if republicans asked tough questions when people were killed in our embassies under president bush. it was never a priority for them back then. likewise to see about how -- when george bush -- they're saying barack obama didn't exact act quickly enough. you know, remember when george bush was sitting numbly in a classroom. as we were under attack and they were acting like that's like john wayne free basing a low testosterone drug? you know, these guys have the attention span of the guy from memento. >> i loved -- the ultimate projection was when they were talking about to hillary like you had a memo. or an e-mail that said something about that we might get attacked.
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i thought really guys? are you really going to go there? is there no self-awareness here at all? is there no sort of great god of irony that could come down at that moment and hit you with lightning bolts? >> john: condoleezza rice got a memo and they promoted her. rude pundit, thank you. any time i get to be on the air with you, it is a lot of fun. read his block at rude pundit. >> john: we'll be back. i want to play cuts from the obama/hillary lovefest. i want to get the listener's thoughts at 1-800-steph-12. it's "the stephanie miller show." >> red, white and steph it's "the stephanie miller show." (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking?
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♪ i've got one hand in my pocket and the other one is hailing ♪ >> stephanie miller. >> not really. >> this album is 18 years old this year, i believe. "the stephanie miller show." i'm john fuglesang filling in forever steph along with the great jacki schechner and jim ward. >> there's also another little fact that will make you feel old. the simpsons monorail episode aired 20 years ago this year. >> john: wow. the famous monorail up sode.
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episode. movie for best picture was malcolm x -- unforgiven and scent of a woman. time flies when you're following politics. >> when you're old. >> i just had a conversation yesterday with a girlfriend of mine i've known since we were 6. her daughter is turning 6. she said to me we've known each other that long and i hung up. [ laughter ] >> john: i don't buy that getting older stuff. you either get older or you get better. some of the youngest people i've known have been old people who have figured it out that life is a gift and you're supposed to be happy. 29-year-olds who say we're old now. and if you think you're old it's done, man. >> i'm dead then. [ laughter ] >> john: jim you're one of the funniest guys i know. you keep people young every day.
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>> okay. >> john: we're taking your calls at 1-800-steph-12. >> a lot going on in the attic. >> john: yes jim you look -- seriously, jim you are so energetic. you are so funny and so alive. you have such a glow. you're so witty. i think you really really great for a man of 70. i mean that. you look much better than sting. sherrie is calling us from louisiana about her great governor, bobby jindal. good morning sherrie you're on "the stephanie miller show." >> caller: good morning, y'all. >> john: how are you doing? >> caller: good. everybody talks about what bobby jindal says but i want to take a few minutes to talk about what he's doing down here. >> john: how about a minute. >> caller: okay. he has closed food stamp office across the state where people have to go 100 miles or more to go to a food stamp office to get
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food stamps. he has bankrupted public free hospitals that have been open since before the civil war. >> john: that's because he's christian. >> caller: he has decided that to let the local government, which our parish sent out ballots to the people who have kids in school to decide who gets fired whether we want music or whether we want art or whether we want p.e. instead of having his own balls to make those darn decisions. >> john: amen. >> caller: he says here! fire your kids' favorite teacher because we're not going to pay her anymore. >> john: wow. >> sounds like it is the stupid party. >> john: can i also say that -- since you're on education, can i slip in he proposed the education cuts while signing the louisiana academic freedom act which lets public schoolteachers discuss
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creationism in science class? >> caller: oh, amen! oh don't even get me started. >> john: he doesn't want the party to be stupid. >> caller: yes sir. we just had on the ballot, we had like seven or eight amendments and on the the ballot was on there to carry a gun anywhere like at my daughter's pta meeting we got people packing in the back. why do you need a gun in a school? explain that to me. >> john: all of the socialism. there is a lot of socialism in public schools. you gotta be careful. it might catch. >> john: all of the churches this week have on their billboards, there were no guns in school when there was prayer in school. i don't know which schools they've been to but every pta meeting we have a prayer. the kids are not allowed to sing pop songs in their choir.
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a lot of them are hymns. i'm sorry that i'm yelling. i'm worked up. >> john: can i say every time we have a church say when there was god in school, there weren't guns in school. that's a disgusting insult. we had a shooting in an amish school a couple of years ago. if you believe god's everywhere, then he's in school whether you follow the constitution or not. that's people blaming james madison for school shootings, by the way because it was his idea -- you know it. can i also point out he's against -- bobby jindal is against abortion in cases of rape or incest. he's for a constitutional amendment banning flag burning but against the fairness doctrine because he thinks that infringes on free speech. he named himself after the youngest brady bunch boy. that's the truth. good news about him. >> and he's proexorcism. >> john: he will never be president. thank you for your calls. stephanie miller, we're taking
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"viewpoint" every night at 8:00 p.m. >> you're on every night at 8:00 p.m. >> on weeknights. >> you don't want us to come on every night. >> i want you to come on every night. >> that's a little excessive. i like you but that's a lot. >> john: i'll set fool news update from jacki. >> i can't tolerate anybody that often. >> coming up just after the news we've got eric boehlert with right-wing world and we've got more of your calls so give us a call at 1-800-steph-12. right now let's get a news update from jacki schechner. >> should we mention steph is out sick with food poisoning. >> yes. >> good morning, everybody. a bipartisan group of eight senators will announce today they have reached an agreement on immigration reform. republicans john mccain, lindsey graham, marco rubio and jeff flake are joining the democrats chuck schumer and bennett to introduce a set of principles they want to guide immigration legislation as it moves through congress. here's what the four basics of this proposal look like.
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first create a tough but fair path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here. contingent on meeting border security metrics. changes the system in a way that helps our economy. set up a verification program and overhaul the system for letting future workers into the united states. the goal is to have legislation drafted by the end of march. the president's going to travel to vegas tomorrow and that is where he will speak publicly on his plans to move immigration reform and make that an immediate priority. of course, he's also moving on gun violence at the same time. so he's going to have to work at those paths simultaneously. we can attribute the new republican willingness to go along with republican reform to the republicans losing seven out of ten hispanic votes in november. mccain and company have some selling to do. they need to convince their colleagues their plans don't amount to amnesty. the bipartisan agreement does intentionally include some provisions defined to help that cause. for example, illegal immigrants
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would have to pay back taxes and fines and have to wait in line behind those who are pursuing a path legally and are still waiting. also, certain border security measures that have to be implemented and those parameters met before any of the 11 million here illegally get the chance to pursue citizenship. we're back with more show after the break. stay with us. going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us.
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brown fans, chris. >> what the you do now? >> john: i made a couple of jokes about chris brown. they're coming after me now. >> teenage girls. >> john: he's a great guy. >> john: teenage girls. >> but chris brown's a thug. >> john: yeah, he is. he lip-synchs while using auto tunes which is really -- >> that's lame. >> john: this is "the stephanie miller show." i'm john fuglesang. chris brown will not be defended here. it is just his humanility is what -- his humility is what won me over. it made me like him all over again. he's growing and learning along the way. choking people and charging admission. >> now beating someone up because he parked in his parking space. >> john: i've been told by the chris brown fans that actually he parked in frank ocean's spot and frank walked up to him and started the fight. >> hit him. >> john: yeah. >> somebody wants to pick a fight with chris brown? because he has a penchant for
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fighting? >> john: like i said he's getting in fights with boys now and that means progress. >> frank ocean doesn't seem like the kind that would fight someone willy-nilly. >> john: he doesn't seem like a guy who wants to throw his career in the toilet. >> he's riding high. >> john: we'll see. i guess -- i don't know. i don't know who was behind it. i look forward to learning all of the details. nothing is more interesting to me than the personal beefs of modern r & b stars. >> i'll be glued to tmz all day. >> john: we're taking your calls at 1-800-steph-12. a lot of you are on hold. we'll get to all of you i promise. i'm happy to welcome our next guest. i've been pleased to have this man joining me on "viewpoint" since i've taken over hosting. he's one of the brightest thinkers in analysis. he's a senior fellow at media matters. please welcome eric boehlert. >> stephanie: eric boehlert from media matters doing the lord's work as usual. ♪ hurt so good ♪ ♪ come on, baby ♪
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>> eric boehlert. ♪ hurt so good ♪ >> stephanie: let's dive into the right-wing world. >> i don't know ha that means. >> stephanie: eric boehlert who we love. >> good morning eric boehlert. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> john: welcome to the steph show eric. part of my assault to interview you on as many chances as possible. it is great to have you here. i know you're as broken up about losing sarah palin from the greta van susteren show. >> it is definitely an end of an era. i think most people expected she wouldn't be back but you know, it's interesting. if you go back to -- she was hired january has been an interesting month. january '09, glenn beck's show debuted. the week of obama's inauguration. >> john: january '09 was the week that o'reilly and hannity were given four-year deals by fox. >> that's right. they were re-upping january of
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2010. sarah palin came aboard fox with a reportedly million dollar a year contract to be a pundit. now here we are in january of '13, obama's re-elected easily, celebrating sort of basking in the glow of his second inauguration. and the same week, sarah palin and fox break up after reportedly fox offered her next to nothing to stay and she decided to leave. 2010, it looked like beck and palin and fox with the tea party, they really were going to sort of change the face of american politics. >> john: they did. >> they did temporarily. >> john: they marginalized the whole brand. >> fast forward three years. beck is gone. obama wins easily and now palin's gone. the whole thing sort of imploded as it had to because it was so
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reckless and it was so sort of radically hateful. you know, beck with his conspiracies and palin about her nonstop sense of victimization and things like that. so it's worth noting this is soft the end of an era. fox itself, still very much lost to conspiracies. still very, very much loss in a sense of self-pity particularly with obama's inauguration. but it's not what roger ailes thought he was going to build. that's not what they have anymore. >> john: do you think -- this is my last question about palin. i want to move on to fox news and their outrage model but do you think that ails did this to give pail an out so she could say she quit? was it an insult to of oar her so little money or was he doing her a favor? >> i think it was an insult. my guess is they felt like they had to offer something. there was some negotiation you know. it sounds like she had been
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making a million. they offered her maybe a tenth of that. it would have been insulting. if she had taken it, of course, the way fox news works they play hardball, that would have leaked. everyone would have -- she came back for a tenth or whatever. it would have been in that business. would have been kind of humiliating. the point of no return for her was the blood libel -- january of '11. she seemed to have no idea what blood libel meant. the anti-semitic implications of it. she refused to apologize. that was the end of her pundit career. >> john: after having a rifle scope on gabby gifford's district. you know what jacki schechner pointed out fox apparently paid sarah palin, if you factor out by the word, how much did she make? >> it was $15 per word. it is from the university of
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minnesota humphrey school of public affairs. smart politics blog. they figured out she spoke -- more than 189,000 words over 50 appearances. it comes out to $1.85 per word. it doesn't say how many coherent words. >> john: does this mean some unpaid intern had to pay how many words she said? >> i'm not sure how many of those were real words. >> john: do contractions count as two words? >> if you looked at the word count from 2012, she was on so infrequently. she was probably making $50 a word compared to 2010, 2011. >> hannity and van susteren interviewed her 55 times for 3/4 of her appearances over the last 36 months. >> poor intern! oh, my god. >> john: i think eric, it augers for the future of fox news. your latest piece is entitled are conservatives rethinking the
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fox news outrage model. you make a good point that maybe, just maybe some of our republican brothers and sisters are sick about this all hissy fit, all propaganda model going on through fox. >> eric erickson who is fairly prominent conservative commentator at cnn, i believe one of the founders writes over at red state he wrote a piece last week saying you know, basically, let's drop this phony outrage thing. he did mention fox but it was obvious -- he was talking about outrage pimps on the left and the right. the entire column are about what he claims are these conservative town cryers on the right. he makes very good points. it does nothing to build the movement. it doesn't get anyone elected. it turns people off. it's awful to listen to. and -- >> john: do you really think it doesn't get anyone elected? couldn't you say the reason why the republicans did as well as they did in 2010 was that outrage machine got people organized and noblized?
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>> i think it's different now. i think that was erickson's point was in 2010, we did something. we got out o there. we knocked on doors. we held rallies. we created this movement, yes it imploded. but we created this thing where if now, all of the grassroots, all of the action is gone and all that's left is this just sort of phony outrage. i can't believe fill in the blank said fill in the blank. that's all that's left is the tea party has sort of crumbled. his point was we have no infrastructure. no one's doing anything. fox news, you know, is just complaining about how that democrat was elected and now he wants to govern as a democrat. that doesn't really do anything. >> john: exactly. it seems like that's all we've heard since the state of the union. they're saying obama come mean anything. friends on the right said obama meant everything he said. i imagine it is somewhere in the middle. >> it is. the phony outrage and just sort
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of being -- taking umbrage to everything -- turn on fox news this morning. what's the phony outrage? the clinton/obama interview last night. you know. and as we were talking inauguration day you know, it was only a matter -- since obama was the centerpiece of attention on monday, everyone woke up knowing it was only a matter of time before the right wing media and fox would find something to freak out about and it took about six minutes into his address before they all figured out what it was. oh he's too liberal. this is too partisan. it was inevitable. the only question is what's the fake imaginary slate going to be today and what's it going to be tomorrow and the day after that? again, i think erickson, he doesn't work for fox. he doesn't really do that at cnn so he can afford to sort of call it out. but i think the point is it doesn't get anyone elected and i
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think the point is fox is interested in clicking phony outrage so the same three million people will tune in every 20 minutes. to be outraged all day long. but as a republican party has found out that does not -- equate to getting people elected. that's where the conflict is. >> john: you're right. fox news, they went from being the propaganda wing of the party to limbaugh, running the party. i don't think they care about elections. they care about ratings and profit. that's why they may be hurting the republicans. can you hang out throughout the break? >> sure. >> john: i want to talk to you about some hilarious tweets including tucker carlson being sexist while taking on sexism. we'll get to that and much more. it's the "the stephanie miller show." >> announcer: the station where the handbasket to hell leaves from. it's "the stephanie miller show."
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company and get them. i'm hosting "viewpoint" now and i'm thrilled to welcome back on the show, eric boehlert of media matters. before we get to right-wing world, i want to ask you about tucker carlson's tweet he sent out about letting women serve in active duty combat. did you have any thoughts on that? >> yeah. he had two bizarre ones. one, women in violence act serving in the military. one, women being attacked by a partner is the same as volunteering to serve your country. and the second was equating feminism with what was it, women having the opportunity to get their limbs blown off. >> stephanie: tucker carlson noted anti-war activist. >> noted front line veteran. now lecturing the likes of tammy duckworth about what it's like to serve in the military. you know, it's just -- right
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wing has lost immigration, gay rights women serving in the military. it is all slipping away from them. and they're left with sort of these angry sort of hollow retards. >> john: so tired of the sexism. it has been so brought out of focus over the response of allowing women to serve. which again is a recommendation that came from the joint chiefs of staff. this was not imposed on them by any civilians in the pentagon or the white house. the joint chiefs recommended it because women are already in combat. let's start paying the ones who are in combat, what they deserve >> it is not like every woman in the military will be in combat. you've got to earn it. there's going to be tests. i mean come on, they're not just going to send people out there who aren't qualified. we don't have time to talk about hillary's testimony on the hill last week. just the floodgates of right wing misogyny that that opened up. preview of what's to come, i think. >> john: i think you're right
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eric. they had eight years of hating her as first lady. 12 years of loving her as a senator and secretary of state and now they're looking at 2016, they're going to hate her all over again to hurt her so chris christie, who they also hate, can become president. one more thing about the women in combat. there's so many men in the military who aren't fit for combat. there were so many women who are ready for combat and haven't been allowed to serve. i want to go to lieutenant colonel boykin will track number 12, the guy who came out a few years ago and said he knew we would win the war on terror because we worship a real god and they worship the false god. never mind the fact that both religions agree it is the same god. here's jerry boykin on fox news on sunday. >> mixing the genders in those combat units where there is no privacy, where they're out on extended operations and there's no opportunity for people to have any privacy whatsoever. i certainly don't want to be in
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that environment with a female because it's degrading and human igiating enough to have -- humiliating enough to do your personal hygiene and the normal functions among your teammates. >> john: eric, is he saying we can send them to kill people and be killed and be shot at but it must be degrading if someone sees my wee-wee? >> yeah. the idea that this hasn't been discussed within the pentagon for at least a decade. hasn't been signed off by all of the senior officials and things like that. i mean what do these people think? obama called up the generals and said make this happen? for someone like boykin who's been in the military to pretend he has no idea, you know, how decisions are made in the military, it is kind of funny. >> john: exactly. i think he's auditioning for a new job that's opened up at box. let's go to rush limbaugh, the bloated gasbag himself talking about women in the military. this is rush limbaugh trying not to be sexist.
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>> we create -- we call it the all-american first calvary amazon battalion. you have synchronized menstrual cycles, timed in such a way so that at any -- on any day of the year you are guaranteed to have a fighting female force all in pms. >> wow. >> all have premenstrual syndrome. you can do it because they synchronize the cycles and pretty damn good during combat. at the same time. talk to any man about it. not being sexist here. [ laughter ] >> john: can we start -- >> he says the token female, rush makes me ashamed to be a racist drug addict. >> it is extraordinary to me that he can -- what is this obsession with men speaking about women's issues in a
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horribly, sort of uneducated, derogatory way. what is the obsession? >> john: in rush's case, i think it's rush knowing his audience. >> it's so unbelievably offensive in a way that totally -- i would say uncovers how little these men know about women. >> john: exactly. >> that's the key. one of the keys. we're coming up on the sandra fluke anniversary. what did limbaugh show us among his hatred and then the sexism. lack of understanding of how contraception works. >> i met her for the first time in d.c. over inauguration weekend. it was very hard -- very rarely am sort of awe-struck by anyone. the nature of this business. it was hard not to say to her just thank you! thank you for just standing up and being strong and taking the heat for something that so many
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of us believe in. and it was just that moment of i didn't know what to say to her other than thank you. >> she seems strong. she's pmsing! >> john: i think that men think that pms is this biological phenomenon that gives women a license to bitch. and men are like that all month long but lack a medical excuse for it. i call this pms envy. >> i'm happy to give you my pms. if you want that excuse, you can have it. >> john: you know what? pms isn't a strong enough term for what men suffer from all the time. really quick eric. not fair if we don't get sexism from a woman. >> we don't have time. >> john: never mind. what a loss. eric boehlert of media matters thank you so much for joining us today. >> sure thing. talk to you soon. >> john: always a pleasure. we'll be right back taking your calls after this on "the stephanie miller show."
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>> stephanie miller. >> radio contact is sufficient. no need to extend your middle finger. >> john: i'm juv filling in for -- i'm john fuglesang filling in for steph with chris and jim and jacki at the l.a. bureau. we have a call from georgia featuring the lovefest of barack obama and hillary clinton. hi there patricia.
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you're on "the stephanie miller show." >> caller: hi, good morning. i was just calling to express how i felt the interview was a great expression of how two adversaries can come together for the common good and rise above their disagreements for the betterment of america. >> john: i agree. it was most inspiring. >> it really was. how everyone keeps saying it is an endorsement for her presidency. i don't think it was. i think it was an example for our kids. i know my 14-year-old daughter took that away that how they bitterly fought and how in the end, what they disagreed on, came together to work toward the betterment of our country and it is such a wonderful example of what real democracy should be. differing ideas coming together for the greater good. >> john: i couldn't agree more. you stated it beautifully. thank you for the call. it is interesting. i thought one of the best moments of it was hillary and
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barack talking about how in the campaign, it was kind of rough during the primary season because they both agreed on so many things. they didn't know how to fight each other. >> right. we got -- in on "the stephanie miller show," we got in quite a few fights with hillary supporters because stephanie was a big time obama supporter. i kind of felt like it tore the party apart a little bit. >> john: a little bit. ultimately, it made the party stronger. >> ultimately, it did. >> john: let's listen to secretary clinton on cut two from last night on "60 minutes" with steve croft. >> in politics and in democracy sometimes you win elections. sometimes you lose elections. and i worked very hard but i lost. and then president obama asked me to be secretary of state. i said yes. and why did he ask me and why did i say yes? because we both love our country. >> john: very well put! the president had this to say cut one, about his time working. >> obama: i want the country to appreciate just what an extraordinary role she's played during the course of my
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administration and a lot of the success we've had internationally have been because of her hard work. >> i'm sorry. i have to disagree with patricia. that sounded like hillary's kickoff for 2016. >> john: i put this out to the brilliant folks in steph land. why do they do this? the president called "60 minutes" and wanted to do this joint interview. something they've never done before. why was it done? was it just a love letter thanking hillary clinton for her service? that's great. we have never seen this done for any cabinet member by a president. any theories? >> hmm. it was a kickoff. >> john: certainly seems that way. >> that's the only thing i can think of. jim? you seem like you're thinking about it. >> i can't see any other reason for it. yeah. >> john: it seems like it was very diplomatic. i have no doubt he's sincere about thanking her for her service to the nation and his administration. but at the same time it looks like they had a very strategic
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partnership. and that hillary clinton if she wants to be president in 2016, the job is hers for the taking. i think that's great and it is nice to see how happy that makes our democratic friends. i do think it would be worthwhile for democratic friends to think about what kind of president they're looking for rather than personalities because while i admire hillary clinton very much and if she's the nominee i'll vote for her i would like to see someone a bit more progressive challenge her for the nomination. i think that would be good for the party. >> i agree. >> john: we've had lots of nice, moderate presidents. a liberal democrat wouldn't be the worst experiment to try. i love the president's speech. as lee camp said on "viewpoint" last week, look at the appointments. and looking at the appointments, you know, he's still -- barack obama himself said in the '70s, he would be called a moderate republican which is all -- that's not slamming the president. that's who he is. but it is a way of slamming our republicans who keep calling this radical socialist. if that's ad are cal socialist
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let's get bernie sanders. >> any suggestions on who could be a liberal person to run? >> john: i would -- there's very few politicians i would campaign door-to-door for but elizabeth warren is one of them. i look forward to seeing what the next four years bring. i would be thrilled if she was the president of my country. who knows. jerry brown might decide he's going to go for it. he seems to run every other decade. >> he might be a little old now. >> john: a little old. that old guy looks really good in california right now. balanced the budget. that old guy managed to get the voters to vote for their own tax increase. now, it has been a blot of austerity for the voters of california. they'll have surpluses. i'm a real fiscal conservative. i did it. >> i have to say, i was a little nervous when jerry brown became governor. >> john: yeah? did you vote for him? >> well, i mean -- it was either him or the republican who was running. i don't think i voted for him in
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the primaries though. >> john: really? jerry brown, you know, i think back when he ran against bill clinton in '92, i thought he was terrific back then. he was talking about a flat tax before the libertarians were. i don't think he favors that. seeing what he did in oakland and i was a fan of the progressive talk radio show he did for awhile, it is interesting to see, i know he's irritated a lot of our friends in california. he's cut funding. i have friends who have handicapped children who are not fans of his because of his cuts. they've made a stronger, healthier economy. he seems to have proven his own point. we will see. >> we shall see. >> john: who else is on the phone? >> we've got gary in washington. >> john: i've been waiting so long. gary, you're here to talk about my favorite subject of the week, harry reid. >> caller: yeah, i would like to know where he comes from. i thought he was a progressive.
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this guy he caved with mcconnell -- >> john: you might want to lower the volume on your radio. can you do that? >> caller: just a second. >> john: i don't like hearing myself on a good day. >> let's go to the next person. >> john: is he gone? we lost him. sorry, gary, we're gone now. john in california, you're calling about gays. >> hey john. >> caller: hi. i'm still here. i'm ready. okay. i was watching c-span on friday and they had a thing with foster friess on there. they were asking him about gay rights and did he favor more rights for gays. he said well, my main mission is to protect gays from shria law. i'm your biggest fan is you drill down on this, look it up.
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c-span, it is called politics and the republican party friday, c-span 2. it happened to be rolling in the aisle -- it just had me rolling in the aisle. >> john: the man who fought for bit control by telling women to hold aspirin between their knees. >> caller: leave it up to john to come up with that. >> john: i have most free time than most adults. >> caller: shout out to jim ward jim, okay, jim, the day after the election, you said something that i laughed so many times, i just gotta hear it again. it was that mitch mcconnell was seen crawling back into his terrarium to suck on a piece of vodka-soaked celery. i think dear god, that's the coolest thing i've ever heard. from john, thank you, guys! >> john: thank you john. thank you thanks for playing pong during the interview too.
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richard is calling us from chicago about the g.o.p. good morning richard you're on "the stephanie miller show." richard? >> richard's gone. >> john: we didn't get to talk about harry reid too much before. deb in california, are you there? >> hey there love. >> go ahead. >> caller: so i'm calling about harry reid. i'm going to pick up the baton where the other gentleman left off. >> john: please. >> caller: so i was hoping we all might be able to figure out the positive solution to the fail-a hrve buster. the progressives in so-called red states really need to be on the phone and e-mailing their senators and their congress people because the only people that from out of state only people we can call is harry reid and john boehner and these representatives and these senators are the ones that need to be contacted by actual people in their state. they don't listen to us when we
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call. they just don't. >> john: let me ask you about harry reid. this is a guy who said that he was not going to do a hand shake deal with mitch mcconnell who said it was a mistake for him to do that before. this is a guy who said that he promised multiple times he would do real filibuster reform. he said that merkley and udall were the brave young senators who were completely right and the rest of us were wrong. he caved on effect he had been telling us for the past year. you can look across the cable dial. you'll see rachel maddow, ed schultz, they're washing their hands of this guy. harry reid is going to kill the assault weapons ban because he doesn't want to get primaried. i think he should get primaried frankly. it would be great to see him have a real progressive challenger. >> caller: at this point right now, what i can't believe is the message that i left on his telephone message line last friday or whenever it was was that i hope whoever paid him is more worth it to him than the
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american people because he definitely was paid by somebody. >> john: why do you think that? >> caller: because. >> john: doesn't it seem like he made a deal? doesn't it seem like this is part of a compromise? >> caller: he was saying things in may of 2012. that were -- oh, we gotta stop making deals with these -- well, anyway. you don't want to hear the words i have to describe these people. but when i make the phone call, that's the message that i left. and now that message machine is full. >> john: it has been full for weeks because last week on "viewpoint," i did a commentary on it and i put harry reid's phone number on the screen for people to call him. by the next morning everyone told me it was completely filled up with voice mail. >> you're such a scamp. >> caller: i pressed one to send it to him. i'm sure he disregards anything except where the big dollars are. we're just the citizens. we're just the electorate. >> john: deb, thank you for the call. the fact is they work for us.
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and you know, we already know harry reid is going to kill the assault weapons ban. he couldn't be less enthusiastic about it. he comes from a big gun state. he almost got beaten by a mental patient in the last election. i'm sorry. i don't mean to be derogatory to mental issues by comparing them to sharon ingle but it was such a squeaker for him. he's afraid for his job. that's why he's not going to run the risk of alien yetting anyone. -- alienating anyone. he is willing to put his job above your children's safety. general mcchrystal is right. civilians don't need the weapons. harry reid -- the senate is a place where 45 senators get to control the other 55. >> oh, boy. >> john: if i ever get divorced, i want harry reid to represent my wife. i'll get everything. we'll be back after this. taking your calls at 1-800-steph-12. >> go ahead, laugh out loud in your cubicle.
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everyone already things you're a left wing lunatic anyway. it's "the stephanie miller show." out for us. going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us.
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never forget. ♪ play that funky music white boy ♪ ♪ lay down the boogie and play that funky music till you die ♪ >> john: good morning. this is the "the stephanie miller show." i'm john fuglesang filling in for steph all morning long. taking your calls at
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1-800-steph-12. joined in the l.a. bureau by jacki schechner -- >> you just did a whole new york thing. >> i'm taking your calls. >> would you like that burr bagel. >> i got a brother paul taking my calls. >> john: i'm half southern, half brooklyn. i got every accent in creation. i live with a woman from northern california. >> oh, my god! >> john: it was bilingual. mom called us y'all and dad called us rat bastards. we're taking your calls. joined of course by jacki schechner. and jim ward and chris lavoie. and stephanie -- >> i got some french pronunciation. >> john: you did because you're such an american hater. steph is home sick. do my eyes deceive me. is kenny pick of cleveland on the phone right now? >> hey kenny pick. >> i will offer you some fine
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northeastern ohio accent styling. which is not much. yeah, good morning, everybody. that whole limbaugh shtick about the pms amazon that he's always talking about, he's been doing that and believe it or not, rush limbaugh did stand-up way back in the day. there's videos out there from the late '80s, early '90s. he knows exactly who the audience he's playing to. i think what everybody should do is join with me in course as he called sandra fluke a slut, we should call limbaugh the hut. so that way with it. >> who brought this solo? >> john: i'm still so astounded did he that. in this century, member are still using the word slut on women as a pejorative. just because she spoke about contraception being a legitimate women's healthcare issue. if you believe that contraception is a legitimate
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healthcare issue then we're all sluts now and rush limbaugh is another guy who's confused slut with skank. skanks are tragic. sluts are the chosen people. >> caller: thanks so much. i'll talk to you soon. >> thanks, kenny. >> john: nice to hear from him. we have dana in maryland calling about the chart master? >> caller: good. how are you? how is everybody doing? >> john: we're great now. >> caller: jacki, you look beautiful. >> aren't you a sweetheart. thanks. >> caller: i just wanted to say again the show was so great. we're all still reeling. >> you were at sexy liberal d.c. >> john: oh, dana. >> i'm your tea bagger wife. remember? >> john: you came all the way from maryland to see us. it was so great to meet you guys. >> john: for the folks who don't know, we do the meet and greet tickets. i'm sure you've heard steph talk about it. for people who buy the meet and
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greets off the show, we hang out and horrify the fire codes and hang out and we get to meet everyone and hang out and we hung out for god it must have been a good two hours mixing with the fans. it was a lot of fun. >> awesome, isn't it? >> john: great show. having hal and aisha on the same show. >> she was hysterical. she is -- oh, my god, she was hysterical. so chris, i was thinking -- i like barbara boxer. >> oh, as a possible -- liberal contender for president? >> i think she's awesome. >> okay. >> caller: i don't know what you guys think. >> john: i think she's great. >> caller: about paul ryan on "meet the press" and david gregory with the softballs again and nobody asked him jobs, jobs, jobs but you know, then he's trying to shove another personhood bill through. first thing he does. and why doesn't he ask him about that? you know. jobs jobs, jobs, no, no, no. in new mexico, this woman says
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the fetus can now be a piece of evidence? >> john: yes. >> caller: after somebody's raped. >> john: where she said if a woman terminates the pregnancy -- if a woman becomes pregnant during a rape and terminates the pregnancy before the child comes to term, that she could be prosecuted for evidence tampering. remove the element of the woman being prosecuted but now if she terminates, they can prosecute the rapist for evidence tampering and the doctor can be brought up on charges of evidence tampering in a rape. >> caller: fatherly rights too. it is insane. >> john: it shows how little respect they have for science. of course, we know -- >> caller: i do know. john boehner went on the other day because it was they had the parade or whatever they call it. the prolifes down in d.c. every year and he made a public
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service announcement roe v. wade. it is scary this is where we are. >> john: it is. the one question i would like to see these guys ask, i've said it before on the show. i have no problem if you're opposed to abortion for moral reasons or religious reasons even though jesus never mentioned abortion but was clearly against the death penalty, even if i were against it and you want to use the legislative process to protect an unborn, it is a free country. you should take full advantage of it. if you want to ignore them as soon as you're born. you're a horrible person. you have a right to do that. however, i want to see one of the so-called journalists say to the paul ryans of the world the mitt romneys of the world ask them one question. once you've achieved your dream america and abortion is outlawed, who deserves longer jailstentions, the women who terminate pregnancies or the doctors who perform them because it went on for a long time before roe v. wade. women with money could always
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terminate pregnancies. abortion has always been around and it will always be around. this is trying to do what bill clinton said make it safe, legal and rare. i want to hear paul ryan say how much time a woman who terminates a pregnancy deserves in jail. you'll see this republican party marginalize out of existence. >> caller: i wish it would happen because you know what, an abortion is not a trip to disneyland. >> john: it's not. >> caller: it is a horrific -- and you know what, it is awful. you feel ashamed. regret. i still regret to this day, did i do the right thing. >> john: mm-hmm. >> caller: it is nobody's business but mine and now i'm telling the whole world. but that's okay. everybody listening. >> that's very brave of you to do. >> john: it is. again, no one -- >> thank you. >> there are people who do and can't talk about it. >> john: no one is pro abortion. we'll be right back after this
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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> hello current tv fans. >> we were trying to come up with reasons why chris lavoie didn't go to the gym this weekend. it got a little dirty. >> great. on that note, hi, jacki schechner. >> good morning. [ laughter ] >> it is not often i get to taunt you in person. >> i guess not.
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we've got john fuglesang in the new york bureau because stephanie has food poisoning. she had some of that sun dried sushi. >> nothing like reheated sushi. >> sun dried mayonnaise. >> that's pretty gross. >> chicken tartar with sun-dried mayonnaise. >> but she hopefully will be back tomorrow. we have john fuglesang in the new york bureau. jacki schechner is here with us in this studio which we love. we love having her. >> until i taunt you. >> exactly. so let's go to the news right now with jacki schechner. >> good morning, everybody. following last night's joint interview with president obama politico reports this morning that outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton is going to do the rounds in a series of media interviews appearing on all five major networks before she leaves office on friday. that includes fox cnn nbc and abc. "60 minutes" obviously airs on cbs so she's got that one covered already. in other news, a handful of
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groups are organizing to try to stop former senator chuck hagel from becoming our next secretary of defense. a new conservative group with anonymous donors called americans for a strong defense is running ads urging five democrats to vote against confirming hagel. another is called use your mandate. it is also new. it also has anonymous donors. it claims to be a liberal gay rights groups but buys its ad time through a republican firm. it has no web site and no physical address. it is, however using ads and mailers to call hagel anti-gay, anti-woman and anti-israel. this is part of a larger story in "the new york times" reporting at least five other groups are engaged in trying to block the president's choice. and the increase emergence of anonymous dollars and shady front groups is likely a result of citizens united. that 2010 decision that opened the floodgates to allow interested parties to inject endless outside money into our political campaign. >> i hate citizens united. >> me, too.
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npr reporting for the fives time today, google is posting its policies on what information it turns over to the government as part of an effort to win tougher privacy laws and support. the convenientier v.p. officer david drummond has put up a frequently asked questions page detailing questions they ask about the most and they need to access the information like a warrant or subpoena. we'll be back with more show after the break. stay with us. thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking? ♪ we were skipping stones and letting go ♪ ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley we know nature comes together
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filling if for steph. >> i have an apple and i don't think i can eat this on camera. >> john: she says on camera because you can still watch "the stephanie miller show" on current tv. if you're lucky enough to get it. and you should get current tv. if you don't because i'm hosting "viewpoint" now. the show formerly hosted by governor eliot spitzer and the staff that formerly ran keith olbermann's excellent show. they've run three shows at current. i'm nom three. we're every night of the week. >> we're number three! >> john: mock if you want but we're having a great time. >> you are doing a great job too. >> john: we've had great guests. we're getting -- every week i'm fighting off congressmen with a stick. we just had john conyers and loretta sanchez and journalists like tomasky and eric boehlert. the other night i wanted to keep the first half of the show very serious talking with congressmen and talking with journalists then the second half to be more comedic or having all
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comedian panels with people like sherrod small and judy gold. frank conniff of mystery theatre was hired to write for the show i was supposed to do. that show isn't going to happen. we don't know how much longer current will be there until al jazeera america takes over. we're having as much fun as possible until that happens. i lost -- time-warner cable dropped current which i think was pretty disgusting and sleazy. so i think they'll pick it back up again. i'm sure they'll carry al jazeera america. it will be a good news network. i have to shift and get a new cable carrier because the people i live with want to watch the show. >> do you have options in new york? >> john: i'm getting directv. jennifer granholm is still on. "the young turks" is still on. quite honestly, i miss this programming. i'm switching my cable carrier because i want to be able to keep on enjoying the programming on current that al gore put together for as long as i can.
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>> i remember when i was in new york, there was such a monopoly on cable providers, i don't know that we had access to directv or digital system. you pretty much had to go with time-warner and that was it. good that we now have a choice. >> slime warner as stephanie used to call it. >> john: i want to take this chance to give out a call to a.m. 950 our affiliate in minneapolis. i was there to headline the blue state ballooning with congressman keith ellison who is a very cool guy. he's coming on my show this week. i want to thank them for keeping progressive radio alive and well and for all of you guys for listening to "the stephanie miller show." >> yea! kermit bow. >> john: jim guess who i have on "viewpoint" tomorrow to talk about the immigration package? >> um, kirk douglas. >> wow. >> john: jim what is your favorite congressman's name to pronounce? >> charlie rangel.
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>> john: second favorite. immigration. that would be raoul grijalva. >> that would have been such a good bit had he caught on. >> john: it wouldn't be a jim bit if he didn't have the wrong answers the first couple of times. >> can we talk about scott brown? >> john: jacki can you explain? >> that's the best part. i can't explain. >> john: is he spending too much time in a pickup truck in cold weather? >> former senator scott brown. over the weekend he sent out a series of tweets. >> john: late at night. >> like after midnight. post-ambien, after midnight on a weekend. >> what can brown do for you? >> exactly. he sent out a series of tweets where he was responding and i guess he said whatever a couple of times then he tried to tweet whatever, it looks like but the word was a nonword which was spelled bqhatever. >> his hand was like one key off on the keyboard.
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>> which is actually like if you try to re-create it, it is not all that -- >> i think it does mean something in albanian. >> but that became a popular twitter hash tag over the weekend. people had -- people had all sorts of takes on what it could possibly be. >> john: go on to twitter and search scott brown. you'll find this word you invented. if you want your senate job back, why do you type that and hit send? jacki, am i right that scott brown deleted it? >> which is like rule number one for ways to not draw attention to yourself on twitter is to try to erase your internet history. he got rid of it. obviously it caught on before then. chris and i were discussing this morning before we came on the air that you know, obviously at some point, he had staffers in charge of this twitter account. "the boston globe" was reporting he's taken it back over. it has been evident through a series of tweets that have gone out since he lost his seat where he's talking about very personal things. his activities and what he's --
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gardening and -- not very, very personal. >> he's talking about his own gardening? >> things that wouldn't be a staffer's responsibility or information that have a staffer would have. it is more personal. so that makes it more obvious that this came from him in the middle of the night. then of course, people are making excuses perhaps his cat sat on the computer or -- >> oh, please. >> a cat cannot type whatever. >> what can anthony weiner know about the cat excuse? >> my cat spends a lot of time sitting on my computer because it is warm. she's never put a hash tag and hit send. never happened. but it's great. if you go on twitter, it is fun to scroll through the stuff people are saying about this fake whatever. >> i read tweets from emmy. >> my cat? she sends out kitty pictures. >> i read tweets from vester von frisch. >>i don't have an actual twitter
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account for my cat but i post pictures of my cat which makes me the crazy cat lady. >> i do that. >> john: i did have a facebook profile for my cat. >> did you really? >> john: i sure did. >> stroll around new york, too. >> john: he liked the stroller. his surviving cat does not like the stroller. >> he has some dignity? >> john: no. i had the coolest cat. y'all suck. i drove cross country with this cat twice. he liked traveling. he was like a dog. he got his own facebook profile. i put faces with him with charmy's hot friends then when he left, i made it a private one to post baby pictures so my conservative family will think i'm a real human. >> that's totes adorbs. >> john: that's hella derp, by the way. you know, i hate all of these
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trendy idioms but at the end of the day it is what it is. and it's all good. lol. we have people on the phone do we not? robert in tucson still with us? >> robert has left us. >> john: steve in chicago still with us? >> steve in chicago is here. hello, steve. steve in chicago. >> caller: hello. sorry about that. i totally got lost in the show. i just really -- wanted to say that i'm a little afraid of a repeat of 2010 because in my opinion, the reason why that happened was we had a series of events ever since obama's first election where the democrats became very disgruntled. they felt that he was caving. he didn't support the things that he threw out there and we promoted. and i think people didn't show up in 2010 so then -- >> john: that's what stephanie
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accuses me and jim and chris of. >> caller: what harry reid just didn't do and -- been hearing about -- excuse me, the past few days is how everybody wants harry reid impeached. everybody is disgruntled again. >> john: well, let's talk about that. are we more loyal to ideology or party? >> caller: i personally think it is ideology. >> john: we have to compromise, right? we have to find ways to support the politician who will bring us the most progress while not giving up our ideology for the sake of winning. it is a delicate balance liberals seem to be pretty good at. we can walk and chew gum at the same time. >> caller: i agree with you 100%. i actually had a problem with how happy clappy this show was a few years ago until i saw the damage that the democratic talk show hosts that want to be really independent and so they spend a lot of time on the negative especially the negative
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toward the upper echelon of the executive branch. and i think that fuels the flames. you know, i don't think what you guys are doing is -- you know, the republican way of gathering be the wagons in a circle, that kind of a thing. >> is it is possible for democrats to do that. >> caller: not spending as much time on the negative stuff fueling, you know, what is -- most of the time, just conjecture anyway. >> john: sometimes it is more than conjecture. in the case of harry reid, it is a lot of promises he's been making to the base not the liberals but the democrats in general about the need for filibuster reform, about how he wouldn't do what he did before again. no hand shake agreements with mitch mcconnell. the young senators who wanted to have reform were right, he was wrong. he was specific. then he, of course, voted to have a recess on the first day of the senate session last week.
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so it would last a few more days which i don't understand harry reid, if you're afraid of bullies, last thing you want is more recess. then he went ahead and he caved anyway. he completely caved anyway. >> caller: absolutely. >> john: and now a lot of liberals get frustrated when democrats have moderate improvements that they call reform. if there's one -- >> caller: i think our job now is going to be to try and pick everybody back up again. because i think that -- i don't think there's much of a positive spin on this. the only excuse i've heard politicians give is well, what happens if we're in the minority? but that doesn't matter because we don't filibuster. it doesn't -- >> john: democrats filibuster under george bush. we don't do it to the obnoxious degree where we completely shut the country down. i think we've learned a valuable lesson from the tee party. the tea party has taught a lot of liberals that purity tests for the sake of purity tests
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alone will kill your party. for everyone who's mad at obama for not being more to the left, i understand but look at the side of what the tea party has done in terms of leading this party off a cliff. getting the tea party candidates in primaries who are unelectable. and i would love to see dennis kucinich as president but i know if he got the nomination, he would be flattened. we have to have this compromise. progress takes time. >> caller: what you just said to me is exactly what happened in 2010 when we -- various democratic voters just had a problem with various things. >> john: i'm going to disagree with you. i don't blame democratic voters -- i don't blame progressive discontent with the president for 2010. i blame a couple of things. number one people not showing up to vote. we showed up. we showed up to vote in 2010. a lot of democrats didn't. the ones who criticize the president still came out to vote. you have to keep in mind the historical reality that generally, unless a 9-11
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happens, a new president always loses seats at the first midterms and the g.o.p. is just more organized because they have their -- all of a.m. radio. they have fox news. they have 24 hour propaganda getting people angry and outraged as eric boehlert talked about earlier today. >> caller: i hope you're right john because 2014 is going to be shaky. >> john: steve, thank you for the call. it won't be shaky if we keep shedding lights on the irvs that matter and get progressives and conservatives together and say you've got a relatively conservative democrat and fiscally, you know, that's what makes all of the liberals angry. let's work together to make the country better instead of this dodgeball team democracy we're choking under now. >> dodgeball. >> john: that's all of the preachiness i got in me. it's "the stephanie miller show." we'll be right back after the break. >> announcer: join the party. 1-800-steph-12.
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♪ all that glitters is gold ♪ ♪ only shooting stars ♪ >> john: this is the "the stephanie miller show." i'm john fuglesang. and that is smashmouth with "all-star." it is like a time machine back to 2000. >> even earlier than that. that had to be -- late '90s because i used that in a news package about the hagerstown all-star team. that would be in '97-'98.
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that's how i remembered that. joan 1998 was 15 years ago. >> walking on the sun came out in '97. >> and now back to the countdown. [ laughter ] >> a long distance dedication to john fuglesang in our new york studio. >> john: thank you very much. it's going straight out to you. because for years, i worked on my kasey kasem until i realized it was also mr. sulo from "star trek." >> also scooby doo. >> kasey kasem was the voice of scooby doo. >> ziiks. >> i feel richer for that information! >> that's why i'm here. crap like that gets stuck in my head. >> john: you know who was the voice of the joker on the batman adventures. >> mark hamill. >> john: indeed. mark hamill who i think is on a
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treadmill right now getting ready for episode seven which is going to be directed by j.j. abrams. >> which is awesome. >> john: pretty interesting. i think the guy directing "star trek" directs "star wars," in the '80s, this would have been heresy. i want to take more calls. we have a call about this new mexico abortion bill. i want to remind people. this is house bill 206 introduced by a female republican state rep katherine brown. it would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third degree felony for tampering from evidence. she's now backed off of actually prosecuting the rape victims and just want to prosecute the doctors but it will still -- if not prosecuting, it will force women to carry their rapist's baby to term. i believe maria is calling us from chicago. >> caller: hi there everybody. >> john: good morning. >> caller: i've got chris jim jacki and john. are you kidding me right now? [ laughter ] >> caller: get to watch you on
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"viewpoint" and then listen to you this morning. oh, my heavenly stars. >> john: all you gotta do is buy me a drink. it's not hard to wake up with me. thanks for mentioning "viewpoint." >> of course. so yeah, i wanted to talk about the bill which i think is positively ludicrous. there is an inherent flaw in it which interests me is if the purpose -- if the whole thing behind it is tampering with evidence -- >> right. >> caller: that is completely ridiculous because if there is an aborted fetus wouldn't you be able to extract dna from the fetus? >> john: exactly right. you can. again, we're not proabortion. we're pro-women's reproductive freedoms here. yes, you're actually able to extract dna so you don't need to have the women carry her rapist's baby to term and put her on maury to find out if it is the rapist's baby.
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>> caller: what it is about they're covering this about evidence tampering is it is about suppressing women's ability for access to healthcare and their ability to -- it is not an easy one for anyone regardless of the circumstances. it is about suppressing that ability and that right for women. it enrages me, frankly. >> john: maria you win the radio today even though you're doing an interview from inside the supercollider windtunnel. >> that was me, sorry. >> john: i think she makes a great point. it is not pleasant to talk about. this whole bill is anti-science to the core. it is -- again another way of forcing women to give up their own liberty which is one of the reasons given by supreme court justices holding up roe vs. wade. >> it is an important distinction you can't make often enough. when you talk about the difference being pro abortion which i don't think many people are and pro-choice which i think
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everybody who comes down on that side of the debate is. >> right. that everybody can make their own decision. >> john: exactly. >> it is absolutely not an easy decision. i don't know anyone who's come to it lightly. i think it is incredibly emotional for the women involved. >> and traumatic. >> and partners involved. there are lingering effects. i think having to go through the entire process and make the decision and then go through with it is something that lingers. i think that you absolutely have to make that distinction. if you don't then you're trivializing what the entire debate is about to begin with. because i don't think anybody says i would like to have an abortion -- let's go out on a tuesday and have an abortion. it doesn't happen. >> i had two this morning. >> why not. >> hang on, jim. if men could get pregnant, locker room douchebags would be bragging over who has the most. >> you have to make that distinction. you can't say you're pro abortion and pro-life. no. >> john: i said it on the show
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before. i'll say it again. we don't have an abortion problem in this country. we have an unwanted pregnancy problem. fix unwanted pregnancies. "the stephanie miller show" will be right back. right have, about the "heavy hand of government" ... i want to have that conversation. let's talk about it. really? you're going to lay people off because now the government is going to help you fund your healthcare. really? i want to have those conversations, not to be confrontational, but to understand what the other side is saying, and i'd like to arm our viewers with the ability to argue with their conservative uncle joe over the dinner table.
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star. kevin is in d.c. he's calling about harry reid. >> caller: good morning. >> it was good to see you in d.c. at sexy liberal. >> caller: the nerdhead loved you guy -- nerd herd loved you guys. they went into it -- thank you guys. >> john: you're the guy stephanie was kissing in the audience during the show. >> caller: i have to be fed intravenously for a few days. i didn't want to alter the tingle of the kiss. >> john: turns out she has life-threatening mono. but what's your question? [ laughter ] nothing she can do would turn me off. you know that by now. [ laughter ]
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>> caller: i'm going to be contrarian just a little bit. because i'm off and have lived my life -- it has served me well. for that reason, the thing with harry reid, i was upset he did that. i was looking back at footage where he said he wasn't going to do it. he made a big deal. your friends with ed schultz, i don't know if that's a competitor. stephanie is friends with him. >> john: he has been very good to me. >> caller: cool. but the thing is you've just detailed that woman that put up that horrible bill concerning abortion -- but there is a whole horrific plethora of horrific things the republicans want to do. we're already defending from now until 2014, 20 of the 33 senate seats that are up for election. we have to defend 22 if you count the retirement of harkin. >> john: rockefeller of west virginia. >> caller: god forbid if the
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shoe is on the other foot -- take it from me. yes, you know, in this instant i wan int stand -- i want instant gratification. take it from me, a man with my shade, some of the success and the improvements i have seen by being patient have been incredible. >> john: of course. >> caller: yes, sometimes things take awhile but you can't -- you know like the rolling stones said, you can't always get what you want. that's real life. >> john: you can't always get what you've been promised by your majority leader for over a year. would you at least agree going back to the talking filibuster and letting the american people see what they're paying for when democracy is being obstructed wouldn't hurt the democrats, right? that wouldn't hurt the democrats to bring that back, would it? >> caller: yes. anything that we can do, completely getting rid -- i'm done. i agree with you john. you're preaching to the choir. i'm emotionally upset about it.
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someone came to me and said -- i said no. oh, my god it's true. but again i'm a worst-case scenario type of person. when i think of the horrific things and the republicans so ideologically, even though they lost the election and they're down in the toilet in the ratings, they try to go about their agenda like it never happened. god forbid, i want whatever we can to slow them down. i agree with everything, everyone who is upset. i'm upset as well. i'm not 100% as upset as everyone. >> john: i appreciate that. >> caller: if we can do it better later that's fine. it is not a tv show. it may take a little longer to get what we want in real life. >> john: we don't like the word compromise but it is essential and the tea party has shown us if you refuse to compromise, will you marginalize. i thank you for your call. >> doesn't it feel like we compromise a lot? >> john: we don't compromise. the democrats in the house and senate. >> that's what i mean. doesn't it feel like we do a lot
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more compromising than the other side. >> john: i completely agree. while i respect the incremental progress we made, i'm ready for real reform, not incremental progress. >> what happens when you stand your ground and you have a majority in the senate and you have a mandate from the american people to make the changes you campaigned on. where is the harm in pushing a little bit harder? joan this is the -- >> john: this is the problem people had with the public option. they couldn't do it because it would require a reconciliation vote. >> why not? joan why not indeed. then what do they do with the affordable care act? they went ahead and used the reconciliation anyway. the thing they said they wanted to avoid they went ahead and did it. if you're going to do it, you could have given us a public option. our economy would be much stronger. every cbo estimate has shown while the affordable care act will shave over $100 billion off the deficit, it would have been a lot more with the public option. >> it would be the cost control we need in place. there's no way you're going to control the skyrocketing costs of health insurance without
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introducing some sort of provision into this healthcare exchange that limits costs. >> john: jacki speaks the truth. i'll go one step beyond it. what is sane about making employers pay for their employee's healthcare? how is that pro capitalism? all of our allies have single payer. that's socialism we're afraid of? show me a capitalist ally who doesn't have it? when we're doing that, you'll see we'll no longer have a country where the leading cause of bankruptcy is inability to pay healthcare costs. we're going broke over this. if you really were afraid of -- if you're really afraid of the competition of public option or cheaper canadian drugs, then you ain't a capitalist, my friend. >> that's the crazy part. they argue they can't compete with the public option and at the same time they were arguing the public option was going to be crap and nobody wanted it. it is one or the other. really horrible and nobody's going to use it or if would be so unbelievably competitive that health companies can't compete with it.
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democrats didn't midge it properly and -- didn't message it properly and members of congress didn't have the right talking points to fight back against the tea party uprisings in august when we had that giant coup out in public because people didn't know what it was and what they were talking about. we didn't get out in front of the public option messaging as strongly as we should have and could have. >> john: the phrase public option. they call it citizens choice, you would have gotten republicans on our side. >> the naming was complicated. i was a really big part of what we call it and how we call it. you can't call it a government plan. you can't call it government option. >> john: the citizens choice. saying that a public option would hurt public healthcare is like saying community college hurts the ivy league. the post office has destroyed u.p.s. and fedex. it doesn't work that way. >> no. really good example of that kind of competition. >> i was going to say -- >> we'll let jim get a word in. >> why would we do that? >> look at all of the countries who have opted nor the american system of healthcare.
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there's -- uh. der -- >> you know how the hannityless of the world say we have the best healthcare system in the world. >> john: no one's disputing the quality of our care or our doctors. it is access. it is the access to that care. that's where we have true inequality in america. gwen is on the phone from north carolina about the real republicans. gwen, are you still with us? >> caller: i sure am. >> john: good morning. >> caller: good morning. i don't know if i'm nervous or just pissed off. i think that someone needs to tell real republicans who care about their party it's all right to vote against these people. i mean you have people that are taking votes away from people. after they do this, who whose vote are they going to take next? if they don't stand up against them, they're part of the problem. >> john: you're exactly right. if they're trying to get
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minority votes so they're a big party in a big tent, i don't know why they're trying to alienate so many minority voters. >> caller: they're not trying to get them. why should they if they can steal your vote away from you? joan so white folks will be -- they keep saying they're trying to get minority votes so white folks will feel better about still reporting the republican party to say we're not bigoted. we're trying to get more minorities to come in. they turn and say they just want free stuff. it is how racism is dressed up in 2013. >> caller: there are a lot of republicans that know this is crap. >> john: yeah. >> caller: they're so afraid to stand up against these people. they need to say hey enough is enough. because until they pull their end of the bargain of democracy until they hold their end we can't do anything. and they need to get out there. they love their country so much.
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you can't sit back in the chair and talk about it. you gotta get up and move. >> john: amen. >> caller: if enough of them say hey, this is not right and i'm not going for it, things will change. >> john: you're right. you're exactly right. thank you very much for the call gwen. very good points. by the way, getting a lot of tweets. we do read your tweets on the air. everyone saying we should go for dish instead of directv if you want to get current. so there's that. either one is fine. >> john: they're both quality providers. as long as you're getting current tv. we have a few more months of great programming. do we have time for another call? let's talk to donna in chicago on the immigration reform introduced today by a bipartisan crew of eight white male senators. what do you make of it? >> caller: hello. >> john: hi. >> caller: yes. thank you. what i want to digress a little bit because i have some reservations about this supposed
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immigration bill. >> john: please. >> okay. because i think we need to look at all of the provisions because i question if they're going to increase the availability by companies of hb1 visas for workers because some of these companies are notorious for hiring and bringing over technology workers. because they work for a lot cheaper than the u.s. technology workers. because i read articles. there really is not a shortage of technology workers in the u.s. but there is a shortage of u.s. technology workers who are willing to work for less. be. >> okay. >> caller: so i think we need to look at this bill carefully because there may be that kind of provision in there. >> john: that's a very good point. thank you for the call. i don't think you're ever going to see real immigration reform
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as long as it's cost-effective for employers to exploit undocumented workers. >> yeah. i totally agree. >> john: reverend jim wallace says there's two signs on the border. one says keep out and the other says help wanted. you would be paying $50 for a salad if you got rid of the immigrations. you keep it secret. you start lock up employers for hiring undocumented workers and you'll see it stopped. i don't know if that will happen beforehand. are you guys encouraged by the bill presented today? >> it is not a bill. outline of proposals. >> john: it might become a bill. >> it is hard to get too excited about something like that. we'll see what happens. >> hypothetically excited. >> john: do we have a second to play the john mccain bite? number eight. john mccain went on a sunday morning talk show to say this. >> we can't go on forever with
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11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. >> john: he would know because he lives in a state where like many other southwestern states, undocumented workers being exploited props up the whole economy. >> absolutely. i used to live there. i lived in arizona for 13 years. >> john: you're so arizona. i can see that. senator dick durbin had ideas on the plan that might become a plan that might become a concept. >> we're committed to a comprehensive approach to finally in this country get an immigration law we can live with. >> john: we don't know if this will lead to real reform or not. it gives republicans and democrats something new to fight about on the airwaves for the next week. >> it is an opening to a conversation. it is interesting to me that we can't discount the fact the only reason why republicans are coming to the table is because they lost the hispanic vote in the last election. >> john: you're right. you can't become president without 670% of the -- without 60% of the latino vote.
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who was the president who gave amnesty to all undocumented worker in the country? >> oh yeah, ronald reagan. >> that would be reagan. >> what was i smoking? >> john: look at barack obama. here's the guy who sent national guard troops to the border and had the most deportations of any president but he also supported the dream act. that's how latino americans knew this guy was on our side even though he was enforcing the laws a lot more than republicans ever did and that's why he won. we'll be back for the final minutes of "the stephanie miller show." >> announcer: finally, talk radio you can dance to. it's "the stephanie miller show." party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us.
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>> stephanie miller. ♪ she's got the power ♪ >> bringing back the early '90s. >> john: what's wrong with "i've got the power." >> snap! >> john: this song was used in the fisher king. >> wow. >> do you want to feel really old? >> who doesn't. >> the challenger disaster happened 27 years ago today. >> john: indeed. as a kid watching it -- >> where were you? >> i was at youthful studios in the break room. >> we were home on a snow day in hampton, virginia. so we watched it on tv at home. it broke into my sister's soap operas and she was upset. >> john: i was in school and there was a tv in the common area where the kids could watch. it is still very recent to me. when i was a kid i got really into nasa because i got really into the right stuff. i read tom wolfe's book.
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i was really involved in the shuttle movement as a kid. i was a total astronaut freak. it was so devastating. and largely forgotten really in the culture along with the "columbia" disaster as well. people forget the first two shuttles were both tragically destroyed. >> that's right. >> i remember apollo one. >> that was before my time. >> john: apollo with grisham the second american in space. >> part of the problem was since his -- problem with the hatch on the mercury, they made it very difficult to open the hatch on the apollo capsule. they didn't have a minute. so that was one of the major changes they made. >> good morning to discuss on nasa tragedies. >> good morning, everybody! >> i would like to bring up something a little positive.
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do you remember back in 2009 when president obama was first sworn in and we heard about the secret g.o.p. strategy session in the caucus room? d.c. restaurant and all of the big republicans decanter, demint fisher-price guy came. they plotted how they would sabotage the president's new agenda. this year, everyone was watching so the gang that couldn't smear straight has not been able to schedule a new meeting. so now some of the top d.c. restaurants are pitching the republicans to have this year's all you can obstruct dinner. some of the restaurant pictures? >> sure. >> john: well republicans, the d.c.'s t.g.i.friday's, for a limited time, they're changing the name to thank god it's fridays and we mean the one nation under god fridays. come to the sizzler republicans and try to the new 32 ounce porterhouse steak. the slab of beef so manly it hates women as much as do you. if the g.o.p. agrees to meet at the d.c. denny's, every time a
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senior orders the grand slam breakfast, paul ryan gets to deny them medicare. the jalapeno poppers are so undeliciously documented, your digestive system will self-deport. for all of you southern conservatives, patriots defending the confederate flag, quitting america to start your own country the washington, d.c. plantation is willing to offer table service by actual plantation slaves. don't worry republicans. they're happy slaves like the ones you like in "gone with the wind." make sure you bring your appetite unchained. new chili neoconcarne. republicans will like it because there's no exit strategy. finally, chick-fil-a. really wants your business, republicans. they plan to appeal to you simply by saying hey homophobes, welcome home! there you go, republicans. try to obstruct the cause of justice. >> nicely done! [ applause ]
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>> john: thank you so much. it has been a great pleasure. enjoy filling in for you guys. what do you think will be the big new story of the week as it unfoldeds. will it be immigration or do you think it will be the on-going budget battle? >> budget. fling. >> the immigration thing is a sketch of an idea. >> john: it is positive. are you at all encouraged by the fact it is republicans and democrats coming together? >> it may be too friendly. that may be the problem. there may not be enough of a news story and the fact that we're cooperating. >> john: any time i see marco rubio and chuck schumer working in tandem together, admittedly, this is john mccain and lindsey graham who republicans don't think are republican enough and they try to act more evil than they are to be popular. i still think look, they're calling it a tough but fair path to citizenship. you know it will hopefully bring the dream act into reality. even more so and stop punishing children who were brought here as children. i think that -- i don't know, i'm hopeful even if the republicans are doing it for
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purely selfish reasons, a lot of people who want to be part of the american dream and came to the country to pay into our system can start paying into our system and paying taxes and being part of a guest worker program. >> i hope we can get down to that. >> the president's giving a speech tomorrow in vegas or remarks tomorrow on immigration. that will at least carry it to the next couple of news cycles. we'll see what happens from there. >> john: i would like to see something positive come of it. coming up this week on "viewpoint," we've got a lot of great stuff. please watch me on current if you still have the pleasure at 8:00 p.m. you are allowed to dvr us as well. we're having political comedian panels on every show. i think we have keith ellison coming on to the show this week. >> one of his favorite songs is "the power" by snap. >> really? how do you know these things? >> he was on with it and i played it coming out of a break. >> he said this is one of my favorite songs. >> john: brilliant. we'll have raul

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